- Secunderabad Division developed Iron Ore loading facilities at Manikgarh Station within 30 days of receiving proposal
- Within a span of 73 days, the division achieved 100 rakes loading of the new commodity traffic
South Central Railway which has been on a mission-mode to diversify and strengthen its freight basket – by enhancing infrastructure and other essential facilities at Goods terminals – has achieved yet another major milestone in its efforts. The loading of Iron ore which was commenced only on 25th June 2022 at Manikgarh Station in Secunderabad division has achieved loading of 100 rakes within the short period of 73 days. More than 4 lakh tonnes of iron ore has been transported till date from this station, fetching around Rs 69 crores revenue.
The extensive marketing efforts undertaken by the Business Development Unit of Secunderabad division has led to the proposal for loading Iron ore from this station from interested freight customers. Immediately, the divisional team took up the task of providing necessary infrastructure facilities at this station on war footing. For this purpose a new goods shed was constructed along with proper earthwork and a loading platform was constructed. Track modifications were done so as to handle the full rake - the earlier shunting neck was extended by 750 meters and other associated works completed. A loading platform was constructed to assist smooth loading operations. All these works have been completed within 30 days from the time of receipt of the proposal by the division which led to the commencement of iron ore loading from the station on 25th June 2022.
Since then, the freight loading has been carried out inspite of the most challenging conditions that prevailed during the month of August due to heavy rains. The divisional team has been continuously marketing for attracting the new commodity to railways resulting in pick-up of traffic again in recent days. In fact, the achievement of 100 rakes within this short-span of 73 days for this new commodity becomes even more significant when seen in the context of 22 days of no loading (in July/August) due to heavy monsoon conditions.
Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager (In-charge), South Central Railway has complimented the Secunderabad Division team for developing Manikgarh goods shed within short period of time as a full-fledged Goods shed. He expressed confidence that the freight loading at Manikgarh station will increase in the near future taking into account the favourable conditions prevailing for the freight customers and the initiative shown by the divisional team to facilitate our freight customers.